2020 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Betting Update: Behemoth Favourite in Capacity Field

September 16, 2020

2020 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Betting Update: Behemoth Favourite in Capacity Field

David Jolly’s hulking South Australian star Behemoth is tipped to continue his winning ways this spring at Caulfield on Saturday dominating the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2020 field and odds.

Behemoth Horse Form (Photo: Jenny Barnes) | Races.com.au

Behemoth (pictured in Adelaide) is clear favourite to win the 2020 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

A capacity line-up of 16 starters plus four emergencies has been accepted for this year’s Group 1 $500,000 Neds Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) with the favourite drawn a treat in gate five.

Jockey Craig Williams chases his sixth win since 2004 in the race having enjoyed previous success aboard: Barley A Moment (2005), Rewaaya (2006), Response (2010), Toorak Toff (2011) and most recently Stratum Star (2015).

This Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival the champion hoop comes aboard Jolly’s flying All Too Hard five-year-old Behemoth who has won three of his past four starts.

After a big autumn – early spring campaign at home in Adelaide, the galloper travelled to Melbourne and dominated the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at weight-for-age winning the August 29 feature by 1.5 lengths with William aboard.

He will be tested in Saturday’s handicap at the same track and distance giving the weight away with 60kg, but remains top of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes odds at $4.40 through Ladbrokes.com.au.

Success will see him become the first horse to complete the Memsie Stakes – Sir Rupert Clarke double since Regal Roller (2004).

Behemoth is out to do the Memsie Stakes – Sir Rupert Clarke double for the first time since Regal Roller (2004)

Despite the size of the field there are only four other runners under $10 for the win and the next best in Sir Rupert Clarke betting are a trio of $8.50 second elects including Age Of Chivalry.

The Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained He’s Remarkable five-year-old presents fit third-up at his pet track and distance (3:2-1-0).

Age Of Chivalry comes off a string of frustrating minor placings, the latest seen him finish third to Showmanship in a Moonee Valley Black-Type over 1200m carrying 60kg.

Back to the 1400m at Caulfield and dropping notably in weight to 55.5kg, the galloper looks a standout hope to break a 13-month winning drought and improve on his second in last year’s Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes results.

Group 1 winning juvenile Tagaloa and Banquo for last year’s Melbourne Cup winning trainer Danny O’Brien are the other $8.50 chances.

The autumn’s Blue Diamond winner Tagaloa races second-up as a three-year-old on the weekend having resumed with a close third only a neck off the winner when carrying 59.5kg in the Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m).

He has his first look at 1400m taking on the older gallopers in the Sir Rupert on Saturday but the classy Lord Kanaloa colt should be flying with only 54kg.

Banquo is also well-weighted on the minimum, the four-year-old Written Tycoon entire on the quick back-up off his second to Zoutori down the straight at Flemington in last weekend’s Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality.

After drawing wide out in gate 18 (into 15 with emergencies out), the Grant & Alana Williams-trained Superstorm is the last of the single-figure chances at $9.50.

Runner-up to his stablemate Regal Power at the track in the $5 million The All-Star Mile (1600m) in mid-March, the now four-year-old son of Sebring is out to improve on his first-up ninth in the Group 3 The Heath over a short 1100m.

Of the double-figure fancies the standouts include the Godolphin-raced Cascadian ($12), Pretty Brazen ($16) coming off a Group 2 victory over Arcadia Queen and last year’s champion Begood Toya Mother ($17) in gate four.

Click here for the latest Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2020 betting odds on the final field courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 4184x14x11 BEHEMOTH David Jolly Craig Williams 5 60kg 110
2 x3210x2705 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Daniel Stackhouse 17 58.5kg 107
3 161x777x46 BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER Daniel Bowman Declan Bates 4 58kg 106
4 3x25319x44 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Damien Oliver 8 58kg 106
5 2154x122x9 SUPERSTORM Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 18 57kg 104
6 55x2308x85 DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Nolen 7 56.5kg 103
7 011x9702x6 MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller Ben Melham 20 56kg 106
8 45212111×5 MANDELA EFFECT Scott Brunton Craig Newitt 2 56kg 102
9 10×3815674 REYKJAVIK Lindsey Smith Dean Yendall 11 56kg 102
10 440x0223x8 ACHERNAR STAR Lindsey Smith Jamie Mott 1 55.5kg 101
11 1123x63x23 AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 13 55.5kg 101
12 x870x4905x DEBT AGENT (NZ) Jim Conlan Billy Egan 3 54.5kg 99
13 1151x22x71 PRETTY BRAZEN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 10 54.5kg 103
14 8x1275x121 ROHERYN James Cummings John Allen 14 54.5kg 99
15 31x4124x3 TAGALOA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Walker 12 54kg 102
16 114x325x72 BANQUO Danny O’Brien Jye McNeil 6 54kg 98
17e 3x1212224x HARLECH (NZ) Michael Moroney Michael Dee 9 54kg 98
18e 13x0x470x1 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) Peter & Paul Snowden 15 54kg 98
19e 83x45050x6 GOLD FIELDS Logan McGill 19 54kg 97
20e 80x82120x3 RUNSON Leon & Troy Corstens 16 54kg 97

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